old ammo disposal

Discussion in 'Firearms' started by oth47, Nov 19, 2010.


  1. oth47

    oth47 Monkey+

    I bought some old 22 lr ammo at a trapper's rendezvous some years back..it's Russian,was old when I got it,probably 6 out of 10 rounds won't shoot.Several people have given me small amounts of ammo,some in gauges/calibers I can't even use.How do you get rid of old ammo other than give it to someone else? Would burying it deep work?
     
  2. Witch Doctor 01

    Witch Doctor 01 Mojo Maker

    consider pulling it down for components or save it for barter/trade ... do let them know it's old stuff.... i have ammo from the 40's that still shoots well... i use it for practice and reload the brass...
     
  3. ghrit

    ghrit Ambulatory anachronism Administrator Founding Member

    If it were me, and not too many are, I'd pull the bullets, spread the powder in the yard (good fertilizer) or burn it. Then set off the primers (preferably in a gun or alternatively in the burn barrel with trash) and sell the brass. As always, be careful, protect your face and hands while playing with these things. You can't do much with 22 primers, but you can soak them in oil if you don't want to burn them.
     
  4. NVBeav

    NVBeav Monkey+++

    Have someone with a different .22 try it out too. Some ammo seats so that the firing pin does not hit very well with one rifle, but it may be fine for another rifle. I have some centerfire like that and it's irritating.
     
  5. oth47

    oth47 Monkey+

    Been digging thru the old ammo,found 7 rounds of Win.32-20,44 rounds of 9mm Luger,some 410s in paper,couple of 12s,couple of 16s,22 ratshot,1 300 Savage,other misc.The 9mm Luger stuff looks good,anybody's welcome to come by and pick up any or all..Polk county Tn.
     
  6. tacmotusn

    tacmotusn Mosquito Sailor

    If it were me, with any and all .22 rimfire, I would stash it in ammo cans, mark it as old and questionable, and hold on to it. .22 rimfire has to be the most popular cartridge on the planet. Some day even questionable .22 rimfire ammo may be like gold. JMHO
     
  7. Falcon15

    Falcon15 Falco Peregrinus

    It's what I'd do as well.
     
  8. azprospector

    azprospector Happy Desert Rat

    I'm a pack rat and keep everything. I'd hold on to it. Never know when it may come in handy.
     
  9. tacmotusn

    tacmotusn Mosquito Sailor

    If nothing else, it can be used for training ammo for short range marksmanship training with complete novices. #1 A flinch with a dud will be sooooo easy to spot. #2 teaching how to clear a dud, and get your gun back in action. (in the service we would load dummy .45 rounds in magazines used for training to make these same points.) Why use prime hunting or defense rounds for training when less reliable ammo is available for just teaching the basics at short range? JMHO
     
  10. SLugomist

    SLugomist Monkey++

    Try the fire department, I've heard they have annual disposal for certain hazardous wastes
     
  11. WestPointMAG

    WestPointMAG Monkey++

    Shoot the .22 in a revolver, if a round does not fire just turn it a ¼ turn and try it again. Keep turning it until it fires or you run out of turns.
     
  12. Hispeedal2

    Hispeedal2 Nay Sayer

    I would try to fire it. Try different guns... you may be diagnosing a gun problem and think it's an ammo problem.

    Any that won't shoot, I would throw in the garbage. If they won't fire in a gun, they won't blow up a garbage truck (we are talking about .22 rimfire anyways). They will break down in a landfill. I don't think it's worth your trouble to pull em'. Especially if you have a brick or more of duds. I certainly wouldn't keep em' in my ammo stock. You are asking for trouble. To barter them would be unethical.
     
  13. oth47

    oth47 Monkey+

    It's been tried in different guns,rifles and revolvers both..the problem's definitely with the bullets.I can see where the lead could be useful,but dang,that's a lot of pulling.I may just take it to the range and try to shoot it up..got to get it out of the way anyhow to make room for good ammo.
     
  14. Witch Doctor 01

    Witch Doctor 01 Mojo Maker

    .22 lr's are notorious for failure to fire due to dampness... i've found thatif you need to store them for a long period of time... Vacuum seal or store in a ammo can with some O2/moisture absorbers thrown in for good measure... i have some from y2k that still shoot 100%...
     
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